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Mauve stinger jellyfish???

Chrysaora spp


That stinging(?) jellyfish has a orange body and dark purple/black spots on its transculent white bell. It's got white medium size tentacles all around the bell, and probably even longer transculent ones, underneath it's yellow/orange ones. This big individual was spotted at Petone beach, Lower Hutt, and it was of 40cm diameter...According to NIWA marine biologists, it's a "mauve stinger"...I found several pics from around NZ, but no exact scientific name.


I thought the ID "plagusia noctiluca" (found in NZ marine files) was correct, but as I searched for additional information, I realised it was inaccurate. I'd love to hear any ID suggestion.

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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2013

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